Virtual public meetings set for Duluth's First Street conversion to 2-way traffic

The city is proposing converting First Street to two-way traffic from Mesaba Avenue to 24th Avenue East.

One-way traffic moves along First Street in downtown Duluth in June 2019. The entirety of the street could be converted to two-way traffic at some point later this year, pending final design plans and approval from the Duluth City Council. (File / News Tribune)

The city of Duluth will hold two online public meetings about the proposed conversion of First Street to two-way traffic from Mesaba Avenue to 24th Avenue East.

On May 27 and 28 at 4:30 p.m., the public can log on to with the password "6224."

The May 27 meeting's event number is 471 170 542 and will focus on the segment from 24th to Third avenues east.

The May 28 meeting's event number is 479 984 429 and will address the Third Avenue East to Mesaba Avenue segment.

The city said converting First Street, which switches from one-way to two-way traffic at four places, will make navigation easier and safer.


"This is confusing and dangerous for motorists and makes east-west travel more difficult in both downtown and the Medical District, especially when construction or emergency closures disrupt traffic flow on parallel streets," the city said in a news release.

The city also said the Duluth Police Department is recommending six truck-only loading zones between Fifth Avenue West and Third Avenue East for downtown businesses.

"Other existing on-street parking configurations will remain mostly unchanged," the city said.

Existing traffic signals along First Street will be replaced by stop signs at First and Second avenues east, and at Fourth and Fifth avenues west. The city said those changes will reduce delay time for motorists and pedestrians.

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